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Del. Woman Surprised to Learn She Had Died


MILL CREEK, Del. (AP)- A Delaware woman has learned why she couldn't renew her passport before a recent trip. Apparently, she was dead.

That was what U.S. passport authorities and the Social Security Administration believed.

At first, 49-year-old Terri Penza of Mill Creek thought it was a "crazy fluke." She had a credit card application turned down as well because she was deceased. And officials initially didn't tell her what was going on.

After a visit to the Social Security office in New Castle just days before a trip to Jamaica, officials confirmed Penza had been listed as deceased sometime in 2008.

Aidan Diviny, a Social Security spokesman, says he believes human error is to blame. But Penza suspects identity theft.

Diviny says the agency doesn't track how often people are mistakenly declared dead.


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